The 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission

Snodgrass, C. and A'Hearn, M. F. and Aceituno, F. and Afanasiev, V. and Bagnulo, S. and Bauer, J. and Bergond, G. and Besse, S. and Biver, N. and Bodewits, D. and Boehnhardt, H. and Bonev, B. P. and Borisov, G. and Carry, B. and Casanova, V. and Cochran, A. and Conn, B. C. and Davidsson, B. and Davies, J. K. and de León, J. and de Mooij, E. and de Val-Borro, M. and Delacruz, M. and DiSanti, M. A. and Drew, J. E. and Duffard, R. and Edberg, N. J. T. and Faggi, S. and Feaga, L. and Fitzsimmons, A. and Fujiwara, H. and Gibb, E. L. and Gillon, M. and Green, S. F. and Guijarro, A. and Guilbert-Lepoutre, A. and Gutiérrez, P. J. and Hadamcik, E. and Hainaut, O. and Haque, S. and Hedrosa, R. and Hines, D. and Hopp, U. and Hoyo, F. and Hutsemékers, D. and Hyland, M. and Ivanova, O. and Jehin, E. and Jones, G. H. and Keane, J. V. and Kelley, M. S. P. and Kiselev, N. and Kleyna, J. and Kluge, M. and Knight, M. M. and Kokotanekova, R. and Koschny, D. and Kramer, E. A. and López-Moreno, J. J. and Lacerda, P. and Lara, L. M. and Lasue, J. and Lehto, H. J. and Levasseur-Regourd, A. C. and Licandro, J. and Lin, Z. Y. and Lister, T. and Lowry, S. C. and Mainzer, A. and Manfroid, J. and Marchant, J. and McKay, A. J. and McNeill, A. and Meech, K. J. and Micheli, M. and Mohammed, I. and Monguió, M. and Moreno, F. and Muñoz, O. and Mumma, M. J. and Nikolov, P. and Opitom, C. and Ortiz, J. L. and Paganini, L. and Pajuelo, M. and Pozuelos, F. J. and Protopapa, S. and Pursimo, T. and Rajkumar, B. and Ramanjooloo, Y. and Ramos, E. and Ries, C. and Riffeser, A. and Rosenbush, V. and Rousselot, P. and Ryan, E. L. and Santos-Sanz, P. and Schleicher, D. G. and Schmidt, M. and Schulz, R. and Sen, A. K. and Somero, A. and Sota, A. and Stinson, A. and Sunshine, J. M. and Thompson, A. and Tozzi, G. P. and Tubiana, C. and Villanueva, G. L. and Wang, X. and Wooden, D. H. and Yagi, M. and Yang, B. and Zaprudin, B. and Zegmott, T. J. (2017) The 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375 (2097). p. 20160249. ISSN 1364-503X. (doi: (Full text available)

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We present a summary of the campaign of remote observations that supported the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Telescopes across the globe (and in space) followed comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from before Rosetta's arrival until nearly the end of the mission in September 2016. These provided essential data for mission planning, large-scale context information for the coma and tails beyond the spacecraft and a way to directly compare 67P with other comets. The observations revealed 67P to be a relatively ‘well-behaved’ comet, typical of Jupiter family comets and with activity patterns that repeat from orbit to orbit. Comparison between this large collection of telescopic observations and the in situ results from Rosetta will allow us to better understand comet coma chemistry and structure. This work is just beginning as the mission ends—in this paper, we present a summary of the ground-based observations and early results, and point to many questions that will be addressed in future studies.

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Uncontrolled keywords: Orbits; Space flight, 67p/churyumov-gerasimenko; Context information; European Space Agency; Ground-based observations; Jupiter-family comets; Observations; Remote observation; Rosetta, Interplanetary flight
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Stephen Lowry
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 11:38 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 08:41 UTC
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